Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Adolph Trump?

Adolph Trump?

by Stephen Lendman

Make no mistake. He’s a deplorable choice for president. The problem is Hillary’s worse, a despicable character I call the most ruthlessly dangerous presidential aspirant in US history based on her deplorable public record.

Comparisons with Trump aren’t straightforward as he’s never held public office - so it’s only possible judging him from his rhetoric and what’s known about how he does business as it relates to how he might govern.

Billionaires are shady characters by nature. Getting super-rich requires operating and getting away with dealings far different from someone like myself in small family business for many years - playing by the rules, observing the law, cheating no one, earning an honest living by providing an honest service without connections in high places providing an unfair advantage.

Trump’s foreign policy, by his own admission, will be hawkish if elected president. Yet psychologist Kevin Dutton calling him more psychopathic than Hitler creates the appearance of fronting for Hillary’s campaign. Was he hired to demonize Trump?

Notable independent leaders refusing to bow to Washington’s will, like Vladmir Putin and Hugo Chavez, are deplorably compared to Hitler - US officials and supportive media scoundrels willfully lying.

Dutton’s Psychopathic Personality Inventory - Revised (PPI-R) methodology is imperfect under the best of circumstances. Yet he based his analysis on Trump without direct personal contact. Practicing psychologists and psychiatrists operating this way would likely be called quacks.

Dutton says traits constituting psychopathy include fearlessness, cold-heartedness, egocentricity, ruthlessness, self-confidence, charisma, and dishonesty with deficits in empathy and conscience.

Some are positive, others not, Dutton saying “great and terrible leaders score higher than the general population for psychopathic traits, but it is the mix of those traits that determines success.”

“For example, someone who scores highly for being influential, fearless and cold hearted could be a decisive leader who can make dispassionate decisions. If those traits are accompanied by a high score on blaming others, they might be a genocidal demagogue.”

Psychoanalysis is an imperfect science at best - qualitative, not quantitative without lab and other tests needed to diagnose disease. Conducting it without direct personal contact with a subject makes it highly suspect.

In the case of a presidential aspirant like Trump, overwhelmingly opposed by establishment interests, including media scoundrels assailing him relentlessly, claiming he’s more Hitlerian than Hitler frames him based on dubious circumstantial evidence - over-the-top bashing in service to Hillary.

Both candidates are unfit to serve, she the worst of the two. Arms-length psychological evaluation is no way to judge how deplorable they’ll be, especially since presidents and other high office holders represent the interests of their backers, governing accordingly.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Western Propaganda Paid for in Syrian Blood

Western Propaganda Paid for in Syrian Blood

by Stephen Lendman

In his important book, titled “The Dirty War on Syria” Tim Anderson discusses how US naked aggression on a nonbelligerent country relies on “a level of mass disinformation not seen in living memory.”

There’s nothing civil about war in Syria, raped by US imperialism, wanting pro-Western puppet governance replacing its sovereign independence.

Media scoundrels are complicit in what’s going on, supporting US-sponsored mass slaughter and destruction instead of denouncing it.

Writer, photographer, peace activist Vanessa Beeley interviewed Assad political and media advisor Bouthiana Shaaban in Damascus.

Below are some highlights, the full interview posted on the 21st Century Wire web site.

Straightaway Shaaban said “(w)e are paying for (Western anti-Syrian) propaganda with our blood” - over half a million killed, mostly civilians, multiples more wounded, many maimed for life, and half the population internally or externally displaced because America wants another imperial trophy, no matter the cost in Syrian blood and misery.

She blasted how media scoundrels distort reality, saying “(t)hey came here with accusatory questions, they didn’t come here to know what is going on. They came here to ask me why are you working with a man who is ‘killing his own people.’ “

“What an ugly start for an interview. I said there is no point, they come here to gain credibility but only to re-confirm their own story rather than to find out what is really going on. I didn’t want to be used to ‘re-confirm’ their own story or to give them credibility.”

Key points Shaaban made were as follows:

“(W)e are going through a third world war, without naming it…”

Western countries “promote their own way of life, their own ideology…at the expense of” countless millions of others.

“(T)he way the system is working in the west has (no) ‘democracy’ for us…(no) ‘human rights’ for us,” no respect for the culture, history and rights of other people.

“So, leave us alone - that is really our message and unfortunately the calculus of politics in the west has no consideration whatsoever for the way people feel or for their aspirations.”

“The problem with the western system is that they think they are superior, and they think that they want to ‘civilize’ us, and they want us to come up to their ‘standards,’ and I hate when I hear Obama or any US official talking about American exceptionalism” - humanity’s scourge by how it operates.

“We are fighting a war on the ground but it is also a clash of values.“ Peace and stability aren’t possible without “co-operation between east and west…”

“I feel that the western support for Israel against the Palestinian people and the destruction of a whole people and their identity by Israel shows that what the west cares about is for Israel to be the powerful state in the region for the next fifty or a hundred years. In order for Israel to be the prevailing force in the Middle East it is necessary to destroy Arabic culture.”

“…I can see a union of evil between the Gulf States and Israel and western systems.”

“What is the significance of President Assad? He is credible, people believe in him, Arab people believe in him.”  

“They do not want anybody like that to have influence. I feel there is a huge plan against all of us.”

America’s rape of Syria is one of history’s great crimes, mass slaughter and destruction its strategy, the same one used against all nations it targets for regime change.

Humanity’s fate depends on stopping this scourge before it annihilates us all.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Latest Hillary Email Scandal Revelation

Latest Hillary Email Scandal Revelation

by Stephen Lendman

Hillary lied about not having classified State Department material on her personal home server. She lied about turning over to the State Department all emails relating to agency business.

On Monday, the FBI announced discovery of 15,000 previously undisclosed emails. Some are personal. Others show foreign officials sought favors in return for large Clinton Foundation donations.

Judicial Watch (JW) president Tom Fitton asked “(w)hen will State release them? It looks like the State Department is trying to slow-roll the release of the records. They’ve had them for at least a month, and we still don’t know when we’re going to get them.”

A Monday court hearing was held to rule on a release schedule. The same day, JW said it “released 725 pages of new State Department documents…”

They “includ(e) previously unreleased email exchanges in which former Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the secretary of state.” 

“In many instances, the preferential treatment provided to donors was at the specific request of Clinton Foundation executive Douglas Band.”

New documents include 20 Hillary email exchanges not previously turned over to State - 191 so far known excluded from 55,000 emails released.

More than a dozen newly released email exchanges show foreign officials donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative to gain State Department access - part of the Clintons’ pay-to-play scheme dating from when Bill was president.

JW was blunt saying what’s known to date “contradict(s) statements by Clinton that, ‘as far as she knew,’ all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department.”

How much more official agency business material remains undiscovered, including easily hacked classified documents?

In one message exchange, Clinton Foundation’s Doug Band emailed Abedin, her deputy chief of staff at State and presidential campaign co-chair, about a “good friend of ours,” Bahrain’s crown prince Salman “asking to see her” in June 2009.

He couldn’t arrange a meeting through normal channels, had to go through the Clinton Foundation instead. JW’s Fitton explained he donated over $32 million to the Clinton Global Initiative from 2005 - 2010. Bahrain made separate donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Fitton said this case (and numerous others like it) raise “the question whether public office was illegally used to benefit a private entity or private individual.”

In her June deposition to JW, Abedin said part of her job at State was taking care of “Clinton family matters.”

Apparently she served as gatekeeper for who got access to Hillary at State in return for large donations to the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative - clear pay-to-play chicanery, corruption by any standard.

Hillary remains unaccountable. This and numerous other examples of how she operates illegally show she’s unfit to hold any public office, especially the nation’s highest.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Pentagon Threatens to Down Russian and Syrian Planes

Pentagon Threatens to Down Russian and Syrian Planes

by Stephen Lendman

Syrian land and airspace are sovereign state territory. No foreign power may deny its military or other aircraft from operating anywhere within its borders - or Russian planes and ground personnel invited by its government.

America and its rogue partners operate illegally in Syria. On the phony pretext of combating ISIS, they’re waging war on its government, terror-bombing selected targets, using terrorists called “moderate rebels” as imperial foot soldiers on the ground.

After a near confrontation between Syrian and US aircraft last week in territory where American special forces operate on the ground aiding terrorist fighters, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook outrageously said “(w)e would advise the Syrian regime to steer clear of those areas.”

In other words, don’t attack US-supported death squads killing Syrian civilian and military personnel. 

We are going to defend our people on the ground, and do what we need to defend them,” Cook stressed. Claiming an illegally imposed US de facto no-fly zone isn’t one, Cook added “the Syrian regime would be wise to avoid areas where coalition forces have been operating.”

He threatened Russia, saying “(i)f they threaten US forces, we always have the right to defend” them.”

Last Friday, Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said two Syrian Su-24 warplanes attacked Kurdish forces training with US Special Operations troops. They left the area before US aircraft intercepted them.

In response, a Syrian Army General Command statement said Kurdish forces were “attacking state institutions, stealing oil and cotton, obstructing exams, kidnapping unarmed civilians and spreading chaos and instability.”

Last Saturday, commander of US forces in Syria and Iraq General Stephen Townsend threatened Russia and Syria, saying “we will defend ourselves if we feel threatened.”

During a Monday Security Council session, Syrian UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari blasted nations claiming to be “friends of the Syrian people” while supporting terrorist elements massacring them.

He criticized UN General-Secretariat reports, willfully falsifying facts on the humanitarian situation. He denounced characterizing foreign-supported terrorists as “armed opposition” elements.

He stressed conflict won’t end until terrorism is defeated, its backers ceasing to support it. His government granted no permission for the US-led “international alliance” to operate in Syrian territory - in its airspace or on the ground.

He explained US warplanes destroyed a power plant supplying Aleppo with electricity. So-called “friends of the Syrian people” are its worst enemies.

Instead of combating terrorism, they support it. Millions of suffering Syrians attest to their barbarity.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

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The Price of US Olympian Arrogance

The Price of US Olympian Arrogance

The behavior of gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte and three of his teammates (Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen) in Rio was deplorable - explained in a previous article.

They were caught red-handed lying about being robbed. Out of sheer stupidity, arrogance and drunkenness, they caused thousands of dollars of damage to a gas station.

Their behavior resembled how America operates worldwide - raping and pillaging countries for power and profits.

In Lochte’s case, he learned a painful lesson, losing all his major lucrative endorsement deals. According to ESPN, Speedo, Ralph Lauren, Gentle Hair Removal and Airweave dropped him.

Speedo said it would donate $50,000 of his endorsement fee to Save The Children, to be used for Brazilian children.

In a statement, Lochte said “I respect Speedo’s decision and am grateful for the opportunities that our partnership has afforded me over the years. I am proud of the accomplishments that we have achieved together.”

A Ralph Lauren statement said it “continues to proudly sponsor the US Olympic and Paralympic Team and the values that its athletes embody.” 

“Ralph Lauren's endorsement agreement with Ryan Lochte was specifically in support of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the company will not be renewing his contract.”

His other corporate sponsors issued similar statements. His troubles aren’t over. He and his three teammates face disciplinary action from the US Olympic Committee. CEO Scott Blackmun said it’s coming.

International Olympic Committee  (IOC) member Anita DeFrantz, blasted the four swimmers, saying “(t)hey have forever put themselves on the kind of list that you don’t want to be remembered for. (They) insulted a whole nation.”

A recklessly celebratory night on the town turned Olympian fame into infamy. It’s typical yankee mentality, wanting control over all other countries, asserting America’s will arrogantly, demanding world governments play by Washington rules.

In the case of Lochte and his teammates, they apparently think it’s OK to behave anyway they please abroad, perhaps especially in Latin America.

Secretary of State John Kerry used the imperial designation “our back yard” in April 2013 comments before House Foreign Affairs Committee members - highlighting Monroe Doctrine arrogance, now extended to mean planet earth and space.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Monday, August 22, 2016

New Developments on Russia's Use of Iran's Hamadan Airbase

New Developments on Russia’s Use of Iran’s Hamadan Airbase

by Stephen Lendman

Days earlier, Iran’s Defense Minister Hossein Dehqhan gave Russia permission to use its Hamadan airbase against terrorists in Syria as long as needed.

“The decision will remain in place until there is no need in it,” he said. “Reception of Russian aircraft at the airbase in Hamadan is carried out in the framework of mutual cooperation and the fight against terrorism at the request of the Syrian government,” he explained.

For several days last week, Russia conducted large-scale strikes on ISIS and Nusra Front from the facility - destroying six command and control centers, five depots storing weapons, munitions and fuel, along with military equipment, causing heavy casualties at the same time.

On August 22, Tass reported Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi, saying Russia temporarily ceased aerial missions from Iran’s base. They’ve stopped “for now,” adding:

“We have a number of agreements with Russia on conducting joint (anti-terrorist) operations. One such agreement envisages the possibility that Iran may grant Russia use of its airspace and infrastructures to fight terrorism in Syria.” 

“Russia and Iran stand closely on the issue of fighting terrorism and the Islamic State. The situation in the region is a very sensitive one. Iran’s own security depends on it and it is of paramount importance to us.”

Pause doesn’t mean cessation of Russian aerial operations from Iranian territory. Daily intelligence assessments by both countries decide on tactics to be used.

Operations could resume whenever both countries agree it’s strategically important. Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman was quoted saying “Russia has no base in Iran and is not stationed here. They did this (operation) and it is finished for now.”

Defense Minister Dehghan said there’s “no written agreement” between both countries for use of the Hamadan base. They’re involved in “operational cooperation.”

Some reports indicate Dehghan chided Moscow for publicizing the arrangement. If so, it makes little sense.

Russian missions from Iranian territory are easily monitored by 
Western and regional intelligence, making it impossible to keep them secret. 

They’d be leaked to media scoundrels for Russian and Iran bashing stories. Russia beat them to the punch by informing Washington of its intentions before the first mission.

Moscow, Tehran, Damascus and China share common concerns about America’s regional imperial threat. Whether they intend united military resistance remains to be seen.

If they ally against all heavily armed US-supported anti-government terrorist groups, the corner could be turned decisively in the war.

At the same time, Hillary succeeding Obama will likely mean greater US involvement, fraught with unpredictable dangers.

After years of US aggression  using ISIS and other terrorist groups as imperial foot soldiers, the worst for Syrians and the region may lie ahead - a dismal prospect to imagine after what’s been done already.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Pro-Western Syrian Network for Human Rights

Pro-Western Syrian Network for Human Rights

by Stephen Lendman

UK-based far from Syria’s conflict, the pro-Western, anti-Syria, anti-Russia SNHR calls itself “an independent, non-governmental, nonprofit, impartial organization - run by a man named Fadel Abdul Ghani.

Its operation is similar to the UK-based pro-Western Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a notorious propaganda mouthpiece, publishing material given him by his handlers, mostly pure rubbish, no doubt well compensated for his efforts.

On August 18, SNHR headlined “Russian Forces Surpasses (sic) ISIS in Killing Syrian Civilians - State’s Terrorism is more Atrocious than the Terrorism of Extremist Groups,” claiming:

“The Russian regime is claiming that Russia intervened in Syria to protect the Syrian people from the terrors of the extreme group ISIS.”

“All what have been done is a military ac- tion (sic) that lacks a popular approval firstly, and secondly this military action has failed to protect the Syrian civilians from the savagery of the Syrian regime which is the primary base and justification for the existence of such extremist groups.”

His poor English at times is forgivable, not his bald-faced lies and omissions. He turned truth on its head claiming “Russian forces have killed more civilians than ISIS” in Syria - yet provides no credible evidence backing his assertion.

None exists. Plenty shows US-supported terrorists and its warplanes bear full responsibility for naked aggression against nonbelligerent Syria, massacring its people, mostly civilians, committing vast destruction, displacing half the population internally or externally.

Instead of reporting truthfully, SNHR falsely claimed “Russian forces have killed no less than 2704 civilians including 746 children and 514 women” from September 30 last year through end of July.

Its assertions aren’t based on credible documentation, Western-sponsored propaganda alone. Saying “(t)he Russian regime has terrorized and massacred the Syrian people and surpassed the extremist group ISIS,” then adding “(w)e have to be brave enough to acknowledge this truth (sic)” is simply crude propaganda anyone paying attention understands instantly.

Ghani is a poor liar. SOHR’s Rami Abdulrahman does a better job of reporting misinformation and Big Lies. Maybe they should get together and compare notes.

Their purpose is similar. Demonize Syria and Russia. Support US-led imperial aggression. Blame its high crimes on Assad and Putin. 

Ignore the suffering of millions of defenseless Syrians, victims of US ruthlessness - Putin and Assad the heroes of the struggle, Obama and his rogue allies despicable villains.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Aleppo Boy's Photographer: Ally of US-Supported Terrorists

Aleppo Boy’s Photographer: Ally of US-Supported Terrorists

by Stephen Lendman

New information on the Aleppo Boy story at the very least gives it the appearance of being an elaborately staged hoax.

AP News broke the story. Off-guardian.org reported “of the three journalists credited, one was in Beirut, one in Geneva, and one in Moscow” - none in Aleppo or anywhere in Syria.

The obvious question is how is a breaking story possible without being anywhere near where it happened? What sources were used? What due diligence checking was done - red flags without answers! 

AP likely published the script and photo it was handed, functioning as an imperial press agent, mocking legitimate journalism.

In his photo gone viral, Omran Daqneesh looks remarkably calm, more soot-covered than bloodied, not at all like someone traumatized in shock and pain - alone enough to raise suspicions.

Years of Iraqi sanctions, imposed solely for political reasons, killed 5,000 children aged five or under monthly. Untold numbers of others suffered horrifically. Media scoundrels ignored them. No photos of their ordeal went viral.

US imperial wars from the rape of Yugoslavia through multiple Bush/Obama wars alone were responsible for millions of young children killed, injured or perishing from preventable diseases or starvation. 

What mainstream sources told their stories? Who showed their images? Who explained their suffering? Who laid blame where it belongs?

Images of Aleppo Boy Omran’s self-style photojournalist, Mahmoud Raslan, are seen posted on Facebook together with Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki “rebels” (aka US-backed terrorists) - responsible for beheading 12-year-old Abdullah Tayseer Issa near Aleppo weeks earlier.

Why haven’t photos and stories of this atrocity gone viral? Why hasn’t Raslan been exposed as an ally of US-supported terrorists? Why doesn’t this automatically raise red flags about the veracity of the Aleppo Boy story?

Instead, London’s Telegraph gave Raslan feature op-ed space to promote himself as Omran’s photographer.

The atrocity of US-led aggression on a nonbelligerent country went unmentioned - nor do any Western media report the real Syria story.

Instead Aleppo Boy propaganda stunts are used to enlist public support for greater mass slaughter, destruction and displacement than already.

Propaganda wars precede and accompany hot ones. They relate what aggressors want people to know, suppress their ugly crimes and intentions, while enlisting public support for what demands universal opposition.

Aleppo Boy Omran may turn out to be a lit fuse for more explosive war in Syria than currently. The conflict is already a potential flashpoint for East/West confrontation - the unthinkable horror of possible global war.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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US-Supported Genocide in Yemen

US-Supported Genocide in Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

Yemen is Obama’s war, naked aggression letting Saudis, other rogue Gulf States and Israel do his dirty work - enforcing blockade to restrict humanitarian aid, flooding the region with weapons and munitions, providing intelligence for terror-bombing, designating targets to be struck, civilians being massacred in much larger numbers than UN reports claim.

War in Yemen is US-sponsored slow-motion genocide, putting most of its population at risk. Yet something this important gets scant scoundrel media coverage, most often none at all - including on the following incidents.

RT International reported Saudi warplanes (bought from America, armed with US munitions) terror-bombed a huge pro-Houthi/pro-ousted President Abdullah Saleh rally in Sanaa on Saturday, the nation’s capital.

Unknown numbers of civilians were killed or injured. One participant said “(s)uddenly they started bombing, and the crowd started running…People (were) screaming.”

Earlier in August, Riyadh terror-bombed a school and Doctors Without Borders hospital, causing numerous civilian deaths and injuries. 

MSF said it’s pulling out of northern Yemen entirely. It’s too unsafe to operate there despite Saudis and other combatants given coordinates of their facilities to avoid incidents.

Civilians and nonmilitary related sites are being willfully terror-bombed. Yet media scoundrels virtually ignore what’s happening. It deserves regular feature front page coverage.

On August 22, Fars News reported on a separate incident, involving Saudis use of chemical weapons, killing or injuring an unknown number of civilians in Sanaa’s ninth district.

According to General Abdel Sattar al-Sa’deh, “(a) number of Yemeni people have been killed as a result of inhaling poisonous gases in the chemical attack.”

This is for the first time that this kind of poisonous artillery shells are fired at residents of the Ninth district and the villages of Qoubareh, Qoul Ali, al-Ma'di, al-Asarat and al-Aqran.”

Monday NYT, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal editions have plenty of political coverage, lots on other topics - nothing on US-sponsored slow-motion genocide in Yemen.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Another Hillary Big Lie Exposed

Another Hillary Big Lie Exposed

by Stephen Lendman

Already an unindicted perjurer for giving FBI investigators and Congress differing accounts of her personal server use for official State Department business, it’s now known she lied, claiming former Secretary of State Colin Powell recommended she operate this way.

On August 21, Page Six headlined “Colin Powell sets record straight on involvement in (Hillary) email scandal,” saying:

He went public for the first time, “saying her team is falsely trying to blame him.” In testimony before FBI investigators, she said “Powell had advised her to use a personal email account at a private dinner.”

Powell issued a statement, saying he has no recollection this advice. ”The truth is she was using (her personal server) for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did” as secretary of state, he said.

“Her people are trying to pin it on me.” When asked why, he said “(w)hy do you think?” 

In his new book on Bill Clinton, titled “Man of the World,” Joe Conason included misinformation, saying “Powell told (Hillary) to use her own email, as he had done, except for classified communications, which he had sent and received via a State Department computer.”

“Saying that his use of personal email had been transformative for the department,” Powell “thus confirmed a decision she had made months earlier - to keep her personal account and use it for most messages.”

Reporting on the story days earlier, The New York Times said “Mr. Powell did not have a server at his house or rely on outside contractors, as Mrs. Clinton did at her home…”

“A State Department inspector general report released in May said that Mr. Powell and other senior officials had used personal email accounts for official business, but that by the time Mrs. Clinton took office, the rules were clear that using a private server in such a manner was neither allowed nor encouraged because of ‘significant security risks.’ “

Hillary’s account was false, willful deception to create the appearance of no wrongdoing when, in fact, she broke the rules, committed a crime, created a scandal, and lied about things.

Throughout the campaign and earlier, she’s been caught red-handed lying numerous times - not under oath so no perjury was involved.

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus accused her of lying “with incredible skill and grace,” an odd way of putting it.

Polls show most US voters don’t think she’s honest or trustworthy for good reason. Her comments on major issues and important personal ones lack credibility.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Sunday, August 21, 2016

NYT Anti-Trump Polemic Asked the Wrong Question

NYT Anti-Trump Polemic Asked the Wrong Question

by Stephen Lendman

“How can America recover from Donald Trump,” Times editors asked? 

Instead they should ask how much longer can humanity withstand America’s rape, destruction, and pillage of one country after another, the major issue of our time, no matter which wing its one-party state holds power?

Trump’s racist, pro-business, anti-progressive hawkish agenda makes him a deplorable choice for president.

Hillary is worse - a known felon, a war goddess obsessed with world conquest and dominance, comfortable about using nuclear weapons, a racketeer influence-peddler, a perjurer, an emotionally unstable neocon lunatic too ruthless and dangerous to entrust with any public responsibility.

“The toxic effects of Trumpism will have to be addressed,” Times editors ranted. He’s never held public office so can’t be held accountable for decades of irresponsible bipartisan policies.

Hillary’s record speaks for itself - automatically disqualifying her from public office in any just society. She belongs in prison, not the White House.

Yet Times editors scandalously  claim “(t)here’s never been a more qualified candidate to be US president” - why I call the NYT Hillary’s press agent, disgracefully supporting pure evil.

Earlier I said she and Trump amount to choosing between death by hanging or firing squad. Either way you’re dead.

One or the other will succeed Obama. Endless imperial wars will continue. So will neoliberal harshness and police state crackdowns on nonbelievers.

The American dream I was taught about growing up turned out nightmarish for the majority of its citizens and most people worldwide.

Can humanity survive four more years of endless imperial wars, along with governance for the privileged few at the expense of most others everywhere?

Are we doomed if something isn’t done responsibly to change things?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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